Ryan Gosling: Lone Ranger?

The Canadian star is in talks to play the iconic Texan Ranger.

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Who is that masked man? If Disney gets its way, it will be Ryan Gosling. The Cornwall, Ontario native is in talks to play the Lone Ranger in the studio’s big-budget reboot of the western saga. ??

The film, set for a 2014 release, will be directed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and, in a stroke of quirky casting, co-star Johnny Depp as Native American sidekick Tonto. “It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to the Native Americans,” Depp, who is one-eighth Cherokee, told Entertainment Weekly.

Gosling’s role is still hinging on his schedule. He’s already attached to one remake–sci-fi adventure Logan’s Run. A Lone love interest remains unconfirmed. As for the Ranger’s loyal steed Silver, is it too early to start talks with Secretariat’s people?